The Practical Nurse (PN) Diploma Program provides a dynamic pathway entry into professional licensed nurse (PN) Practice. This curriculum will prepare learners to apply for PN licensure and take the NCLEXPN® exam. The PN Diploma Program is a distance program, meaning all didactic instruction is delivered via online learning modalities. Click here to learn more.
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How many classes does the PN Diploma program require?
A total of 42 semester credits are required for completion, consisting of six lower-division core nursing courses, comprised of 28 academic semester credits delivered over three academic semesters semester, and four GE courses, comprised of 14 semester credits taken concurrently with the core nursing courses. Other general education and elective courses are available for learners who transfer in the required GE credits (or for any learner who is interested in taking these unrequired courses), provided there is room within the individual’s semester credit load.
What classes are required for a PN Diploma?
The curriculum is specifically constructed to promote career mobility in nursing. The curriculum in the PN Diploma Program is concept-based instead of content-based. Learners will apply concepts to a variety of systems and disease processes, and critically reason through situations by concept.
PN Diploma Prerequisites
The College does offer prerequisites with the General Education (GE) courses. Required classes for admittance into the programs may be found in the College Catalog.
Note: Prerequisites are defined as courses that must be completed prior to enrollment into the given course. Corequisites are defined as courses that must be completed either prior to or concurrently with the given course.
Practical Nursing Prerequisites
Practical Nursing Core Course Descriptions
NIGHTINGALE COLLEGE’S PN DIPLOMA PROGRAM
The PN Diploma Program curriculum was implemented as a result of the call for radical transformation in nursing education presented in Educating Nurses (Benner, P., Sutphen, M., Leonard, V., & Day, L., 2010), a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching study on preparation for the nursing profession, and other literature including the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on The Future of Nursing. The implementation of concept-based curriculum is an answer to current literature and research on best practices for nursing education.
Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed PN Diploma Program curriculum with a minimum of “C” grade in each nursing core course and having satisfied all other graduation requirements, the learner will earn a Diploma of Practical Nursing.
The PN Diploma Program prepares graduates for entry-level practical nursing practice in long-term care facilities, clinics, and other health care settings. Nursing is a dynamic profession that contributes significantly to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.